Monday, June 21, 2010

Surftech Kalamalka Classic Race Report

We had a great weekend in eastern B.C. 80 degrees, clear skies and great folks. The two day event started Saturday with a 3.5 mile stock SUP race. The race included a 200 yard portage across a spit of land on Lake Kalamalka. Myself and Norm Hann of Squamish got out to an early lead ahead of the rest of the pack. Norm is a super strong paddler and I had to really dig to put a little time ahead of him. I beat him by only about one minute or so.

Saturday night they had a great dinner/party/awards ceremony. Good food, drink and bocce ball.

Sunday was a 10 miler point to point race that covered the length of Lake Kalamalka. Myself, Norm, Bodie (Surftech rep) and 17 y/o Mitchell Santaga of Vancouver left last in the "unlimited" division although we were all on 14 foot boards. Once again Norm was hard to shake and I only beat him by about 5 minutes at the end. It was HOT. My Camel Bak was empty by the end and I wasn't really sweating anymore.

Kelvin Humenny of North Vancouver won the stock class on Sunday, paddling a beautiful, hollow cedar SUP that he made as well as a home made paddle!

It was a great event and all the new SUP folks I met were awesome. Great ohana! (Look it up if you don't know this Hawaiian word)


Some of the racers after Sundays race...
The top 5 guys from Saturdays race...
Myself, Norm & Bodie after the 10 miler...
Myself and Norm about 100 yards into the 10 miler...